Today Electrochemistry electrons moving about equilibrium with a

Demonstrations of Redox Chemistry!
electrons moving about!
equilibrium with a control knob!
The disappearing Aluminum Rod!
Redox chemistry!
oxidation and reduction!
Alkali Metals + Water!
What is happening in these redox reactions?!
What is happening in these redox reactions?!
electrons are moving between different chemical species!
electrons are moving between different chemical species!
2Al(s) + 3CuCl2(aq)
3Cu(s) + 2AlCl3(aq)!
2Al(s) + 3Cu2+(aq)
3Cu(s) + 2Al3+ (aq)!
electrons are moving from the Al to the Cu!
start with Al metal end up with Al ions!
start with Cu ions end up with Cu metal!
2Na(s) + 2H2O(l)
2Na(s) + 2H2O(l)
2NaOH(aq) + H2(g) !
2Na+(aq) + 2OH-(aq) + H2(g) !
electrons are moving from the Na to the water!
start with Na metal end up with Na ions!
start with H2O end up with H2 + OH-!
Free energy of 2Al + 3Cu2+ is higher than!
in 2Al3+ + 3Cu!
To make a battery (or fuel cell) you need the!
electrons to flow "externally"!
6 e-!
2Al! 3Cu2+!
2Al3+ ! 3Cu !
We can make use of these electrons moving between the
two species if we can physically separate the two reactions!
During the reaction electrons
moveand we have a current!
We want to not only physically separate the reactions!
We want to separate them when we think about them.!
Each reaction will be half of the overall reaction!
We will have an oxidation half reaction!
and a reduction half reaction!
Reaction is a equilibrium (“over”) !
we have no current (dead battery)!
First some language!
Redox Reactions!
Divide into two parts oxidation and reduction!
2Al3+ !
Short hand for chemistry that involves!
Oxidation and Reduction!
when an element loses electrons!
Al3+ 3e-!
when an element gains electrons!
Cu2+ + 2e-
Keep it straight!
Oxidation Is Loss!
Reduction Is Gain!
LEO says GER!
Lose Electrons Oxidation!
Gain Electrons Reduction!
Just REMember IT Gain Reduction
Oxidation Loss!
Note to balance the Redox Reaction we must!
equal number of electrons !
(no electrons lost or gained overall)!
Al3+ + 3e-!
Cu2+ + 2e-
3 electrons here!
2 electrons here!
to balance we need equal number of electrons!
easiest to stick with whole numbers!
Thus we need!
oxidation half reaction x 2!
reduction half reaction x 3!
2Al(s) + 3Cu2+(aq)
3Cu(s) + 2Al3+ (aq)!
Sometime it is very easy to make the half reactions!
2Al(s) + 3Cu2+(aq)
3Cu(s) + 2Al3+ (aq)!
Al3+ + 3e-!
Cu2+ + 2e-
Sometime it is not as easy to “see” the half reactions!
2Na(s) + 2H2O(l)
2NaOH(aq) + H2(g) !
For this we need to remember oxidation numbers!
Oxidation numbers!
Keeping track of charge!
Easy in ions!
"Book keeping" in molecules!
for molecules oxidation numbers are a convention !
in which we imagine what the !
charge would be if it broke up into ionic pieces!
(we can't really assign electrons to different elements)!
If we imagine this breaking up it would make!
Mg2+ and O2-!
So the "oxidation state" of Mg is 2+!
the "oxidation state" of O is 2-!
How will we figure it out for other molecules?!
There are rules.!
A quick Review!
Rule 6 (should be rule zero)!
The sum of all
oxidation numbers in
a compound is equal
to its charge!
H2O !
2 x oxidation number for H
+ oxidation number for O
= 0!
Table 4.3 in the book. Read it. Know it!
Rule 1!
Rule 2!
The oxidation state of an atom
in a neutral element is 0!
the oxidation state of a
monatomic ion is the
same as its charge!
Example: O2(g), H2(g), C(s), Na(s), Hg(l)!
monatomic have no charge!
If diatomic break up they will end up as
neutral atoms!
Rule 3!
In a compound with no metals
H is assign to +1!
H2O H is 1+!
HCl H is 1+!
note: H2 is not a compound!
Example: Na+ is1+!
Fe3+ is 3+!
Fe2+ is 2+!
Rule 4!
Oxygen is -2!
Rule 4b!
except in peroxides O2-!
compound with O-O bonds!
Let's look at a reaction!
Rule 5!
Most electronegative element is!
assigned its charge in an ion!
Example HCl!
H is +1!
Cl is -1!
Fe2O3(s) + 3CO(g)
2Fe(s) + 3CO2(g)!
What is happening to the oxidation number
of iron in this reaction?!
In Fe2O3 it is +3!
in Fe it is 0!
Br is -1!
Mg is +2!
Iron is being REDUCED!
Let's look at a reaction!
Let's look at a reaction!
Fe2O3(s) + 3CO(g)
2Fe(s) + 3CO2(g)!
What is happening to the oxidation number
of carbon in this reaction?!
In CO it is +2!
in CO2 it is +4!
Carbon is being Oxidized!
Fe2O3(s) + 3CO(g)
2Fe(s) + 3CO2(g)!
CO is reducing the Fe2O3 to Fe!
CO is the "reducing agent"!
it is doing the reducing!
Fe2O3 is oxidizing the CO to CO2!
Fe2O3 is the "oxidizng agent"!
it is doing the oxidizing!
Balancing redox equations!
unbalanced equation!
“sodium metal reacts with water to form hydrogen gas!
under basic conditions”!
Na+ + H2!
Na + H2O
One reaction for oxidation
Na goes from 0 to +1!
One reaction for reduction!
H goes from +1 to 0!
H 2O
add half reactions together to balance electrons!
multiply each half reaction by proper factor!
to get the same number of electron in each reaction!
to convert to reaction in base neutralize H+ with OH-!
H2 !
Na goes from +1 to 0!
balance each half reaction separately!
1. balance all elements except H & O!
2. balance O by adding H2O!
3. balance H by adding H+!
4. balance the charge by adding e-!
eliminate any H+, OH-, or H2O that appears on both sides of the equation!
One reaction for oxidation
How to balance!
Na+ ! balance elements other than H and O (done)!
balance O (none)!
balance H (none)!
Na+ + e- !
balance the charge (add one electron)!
oxidation half-reaction is balanced!
One reaction for reduction!
H goes from +1 to 0!
H 2O
H2 !
balance all but H & O!
H2 + H2O !
add H2O to balance O!
2H+ + H2O
H2 + H2O !
add H+ to balance H!
2H+ + H2O + 2e-
H2 + H2O !
add e- to balance charge!
eliminate any species on both sides of reaction!
2H+ + 2eH2 !
reduction half-reaction is balanced!
add half reaction together with equal number of electrons!
We need a 2 here to get !
2 electrons for this reaction !
2Na + 2H+
Na+ + e-)!
2 x (Na
2Na +
to convert to base neutralize the H+ with OH-!
H2 !
H2 +
there should be no more electrons!!
This in acidic solution what about base?!
H2 + 2Na+ !
2Na + 2H+ + 2OH-
H2 + 2Na+ + 2 OH- !
2Na + 2H2O
H2 + 2Na+ + 2 OH- !
Reaction balanced in basic conditions!